Director of Academic Affairs - Effie Barbagiannis '14

What role do you feel this position plays in serving Geneseo students and the community?“Academic Affairs Committee essentially does what SA does on a smaller scale. SA gives money to [X] clubs for conferences and events, while Academic Affairs does the same thing for the academic clubs, like Biology Club and English Club. We host Rock Your Semester. Right before registration we have syllabi out so people can look at the syllabi and see what classes they want to take. We also do a Trivia Bowl and the Professor Recognition Ceremony. Students get to nominate professors to win an award. It’s a really great program.” What do you feel qualifies you for this position?“I started this year as secretary, and this semester I’m the vice chair. I’ve been on the board and I know the inner workings of AAC. I’ve been in a lot of different SA clubs. I am currently the co-president of Amnesty International, I’ve been in Model UN and I was on the EcoHouse hall council. Through Amnesty I’ve developed the leadership I feel necessary to be a chair of a committee. Through vice chair and secretary I’ve basically learned all the fundamental things of AAC. I really believe in AAC and I definitely think that’s a qualification. I want AAC to continue on a positive road. As president of Amnesty I had to plan a conference to Boston in the fall semester. Everyone on the SA board was extremely helpful and I really appreciated that. Everyone was friendly and approachable. At the same time, the budget was difficult to navigate. If I didn’t have people to help me out, I don’t know if I could have done it.”If elected, what do you plan to change or improve?“Two years ago they held a mini lecture series. I’d like to get that going again. That would be a fun thing to do. Essentially, I want to make sure all the academic clubs can continue to attend all of their events. I would like to have a budget workshop at one of our first couple of meetings. I feel like the budget is hard to understand for clubs. I feel like if we had a workshop on how to fill out paperwork, it would be a lot simpler for them later on. I feel like college is an experience and being part of SA and all of these great organizations … it really positively impacted my college experience. So, I personally … hope to continue letting other students feel the same way. I want to continue to be approachable and knowledgeable – to be helpful for others and create a friendly environment. People can come in during SA office hours and always have someone available to help them.”